Listen to Imagine Aquaponics on Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio’s Glen Moberg interviewed Jesse and Molly last night as part of a program featuring aquaponics and the Energy Fair.

The other guests included Dr. Christopher Hartleb of UW-Stevens Point and our friend Pierre Beauchamp, a talented young aquaponic farmer who is using his high school greenhouse to grow food for the cafeteria aquaponically.

You can listen online or download an MP3 at this link.

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Midwest Renewable Energy Association Fair!

We’re so excited to be a part of the 24th annual MREA Energy Fair.  We will be presenting “How to Optimize Fruiting and Flowering Crops Using Aquaponics” Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Green Tent.   Our friend Pierre Beauchamp will also be presenting on his aquaponic journey Friday at 3.

We hope you can join us for a fantastic weekend of fellowship and learning.  We had a preview tonight and there are definitely some amazing things happening this weekend.

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Aquaponics Institute Training Update

AI Ouroboros Announcement Poster

The Aquaponics Institute training at Stillheart Institute and Ouroboros Farms was such a wonderful event.  So many good people in attendance.

AI at Stillheart - Group Photo

Molly & I taught the sessions on Vegetative Plants, Fruiting & Flowering Plants, Horticultural Lighting, Fish, & Integrated Pest Management.

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Induction Light Test 400w 2800K Lettuce Roots Day 25

Tomato Trichomes Day 32 Tomatoes Day 82 Tomatoes

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Murray Hallam taught AP Basics,  Water Chemistry, & presented on his new commercial system design.

Murray With Harvested AP Plants Murray Hallam Lecturing on His System

Aleece Landis gave hands on demonstrations onsite at Ouroboros Farms on Plumbing and Small System Design.

Aleece Teaching at Ouroboros

Ken Armstrong presented on the Financial Feasibility of Commercial Aquaponics.

Ken Armstrong at Pescadero Ouroboros

Jessica Patton and Rachael Van Liefde gave a presentation on how they deal with their vegetable crops from start to harvest to prepping for sale.

Kenji Snow presented on proper composting methods and use of compost tea.

Kenji Spraying Compost Tea

Mike Cosmo presented on his history with the Alchemy Institute, one of the early pioneers of modern aquaponics.

Pedro Casas presented on his amazing aquaponics farm in Puerto Rico.

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As a bonus, there were additional presentations from professionals in the hydroponic & organics industry during the evening hours.

Among the students enrolled were current AP professionals Jon Parr (Viridis Aquaponics/Fishnet Aquaponics), Adam Cohen (Green Phoenix Farms), and Steven Looi (Upstream Aquaponics).

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Happy 2013!

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.”
– Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

I love Aldo Leopold. I was introduced to his work early in my life. My parents had an old battered paperback copy of A Sand County Almanac on their bookshelves nearly my whole childhood, and I remember the first time I read it finding it beautiful but not really accessible – I was probably 6 or 7. Later in school I rediscovered this masterpiece and my own personal copy is well worn and full of highlights, a good trusted friend with excellent advice.

The quote above used to make me feel so isolated. It still does, on the days when I see so many of my fellow humans act so wastefully and carelessly – fracking, strip mining, carelessly clearing forests and prairies for more development, even simply tossing recyclables into the trash. It’s hard not to see evidence of all of this and not feel pessimistic, like Leopold so eloquently expresses.

However, I have hope now. A large portion of that hope is due to the fact that I feel like I have some actions to take to make the situation better. I have discovered a ‘magic key’ – a way of farming food that doesn’t gobble up soil, slurp down water, and burp up greenhouse gasses and pollute our waterways with its waste – aquaponics.

More importantly, I’m not the only person to discover this amazing healing tool! We all have come to it from different paths but we’re here, and we’re in this thing together. Here’s to a wonderful 2013 filled with aquaponics knowledge, discovery and fellowship.


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Imagine Aquaponics Teaching at Stillheart Institute with Murray Hallam & Ouroboros Farms

AI Ouroboros Training Poster - EditedImagine Aquaponics is excited to team up with Murray Hallam of Practical Aquaponics, TCLynx of Aquaponics Lynx, Michael Cosmo of Planet Stewards, Pedro Casas of Agroponicos Cosecha de Puerto Rico and the wonderful team at Ouroboros Farms.  We will be teaching many of the courses at the Aquaponics Institute’s February 2013 training at Ouroboros Farms in Pescadero, California.

This training will be held at the gorgeous Stillheart Institute with hands on training on site at Ouroboros Farm’s 20,000 square feet of commercial greenhouses.

Check out the link below to download a flyer for all details and contact information to register.

Hope to see you there!

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Lettuce under Induction Lighting (CEA Trial)

Induction Light Trial 400w 2800K Lamp Dec 2011-Jan 2012.
Controlled Environment Agriculture

Induction Light Test 400w 2800K Day 14

Induction Light Test 400w 2800K Day 14








Induction Light Test 400w 2800K Day 25

Induction Light Test Day 25






Induction Light Test 400w 2800K Lettuce Roots Day 25

Induction Light Test Lettuce Roots Day 25








Induction Light Test 400w 2800K Day 39

Induction Light Test Day 39








Harvest Green Lettuce (3/4 lb Head)

Harvest Green Lettuce (3/4 lb Head)


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Tomatoes under Induction Lighting (CEA Trial)

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Tomato plants grown under 400w/2800k Induction Lamp.  Controlled Environment Agriculture.                                                             … Continue reading

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The Arc of the Moral Universe

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Good things happen to those that grow.

While pulling the holiday decor off our windows, we caught a strong smell of gas in our front yard.  So we called the gas company and they sent a woman to check it out.  She ends up needing to look at our furnace, and on the way down the stairs she hears the water running and sees the light blasting out of our R&D garden room.  She pauses and looks at me out of the corner of her eye, not sure what to do…  (we get that a lot :D).  I just start laughing, take her inside and show her the huge heads of lettuce we have under the test lights, and her eyes just about pop out of her head.  By coincidence, I was harvesting the lettuce today, so I offered her some.
Turns out she just won a fight with breast cancer, and we ended up talking about nutrition, organics, Monsanto, etc for about an hour.  
Long story short, we weren't the source of the gas leak, but she stuck around and hooked up our stove (which has been out of commission since we moved in), and left with a nice 1/2 lb head of "bunny-ponic" lettuce.  
It was a good day.

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Thank you for your interest in Imagine Aquaponics.   We are excited to share our progress and relevant news as we move forward with our new venture.

Jesse Hull & Molly Stanek

Co-founders, Imagine Aquaponics

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